Flatonia Elementary Memo

Inspired this week by the Circus!

Welcome to the Circus...sometimes it feels like our days our like a day at the Circus. I know I've found that there are just those days that it seems like you're moving from one "ring" of the circus to the next.

There are pros and cons of the "circus" life we lead as educators. I know that this exact reason is one of the things that attracted me to a career in education. The excitement of days that were always different and filled with unknown surprises. I found that the challenge and uncertainty of what was coming next is something that I enjoyed...I just couldn't imagine working in a job where it was the same thing day in and day out. But there are also times when it seems like the circus just gets a little to crazy, and a nice quite boring day sounds really good!

No matter what the day brings, there is always the smile of precious children, just like the smiles found at the circus. I guess that is one positive thing that helps get me through the tough days. I hope you find your own joy in the sometimes wild and crazy days we are faced with.

Campus Site Base Team Meeting

A reminder we will have Campus Site Base Meeting on Monday, September 29 at 3:35pm. We will meet in Mr. Psencik's classroom. Please make sure you have discussed Attendance Incentives for the Year, and Field Trips with your Campus Rep.


Elementary Testing Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:35pm in the Secondary Library for Elementary Testing Committee Members. Thanks for your assistance! Please see Mrs. Ulrich or Mrs. Ramirez with questions.

Mrs. Claus Visits Virtually

Last year, a few teachers participated in this fun event! Mrs. Claus will read to your class, and it will be personalized for your students.

Here is the Update I received from the Region 13 North Pole:
There are limited spots open for your Pre-K through 3rd graders to share the experience of having a story read by Mrs. Claus in a half hour presentation. The program includes riddles, songs and finger play.

To register: First come, first served.

Wonderful Websites and Web 2.0 Resources

You Might want to check out Bloglovin'

This site is a great way to get updates from blogs, without having to take the time to visit your favorite blog daily. Bloglovin' will send a "digest" email that shows the latest posts from the blogs you follow. Based on your favorite blogs, it will even make suggestions for similar blogs. I use these Bloglovin' emails weekly!

Spark Student Motivation: Finding Vocabulary Words

Check out this Great Blog Post

Want to get your students excited about learning new vocabulary? Want your students to use their vocabulary in their writing and conversations? Want your students to find vocabulary in text, on the computer, on TV, and everywhere they look and know the meaning? Of course you do....Click Here to continue reading

EAFK Rehearsal this Week

The Rotary Club Members will be bringing the backdrop and props for a set up "Rehearsal" this week on Sept 30th. We will be using the stage in the cafeteria, so please plan on keeping students clear of the area during the afternoon from 1:30-3:30. Thanks!

Homecoming Pep Rally & More

FISD will host Homecoming on Friday, October 2.

Friday's Theme is Maroon Out!

We will have a Pep Rally, and there will also be a State Championship Baseball Ring Ceremony.

This will cause the Pep Rally to last slightly longer than normal, please plan accordingly for Friday afternoon.

Go Noodle! Brain Break Time

Mrs. Zimmerman's class is taking a "Brain Break" by participating in some physical movement. Her class loves using Go Noodle to get out energy and refocus their brains for learning.
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Community Helpers Vistors

Primary Students got a visit from Officer Troy Rudlof on Friday, September 25th. Students studied about community helpers. Mrs. Pilat even got to demonstrate how the handcuffs work!

Concordia University Masters Program

Information Meetings:
Bastrop High School
1614 Chambers Street, Bastrop
Tuesday, 10/6/2015 at 4:00 PM or 5:00 PM - Library
- OR -
Giddings High School
2335 North Main Street, Giddings
Wednesday, 10/7/2015 at 4:00 PM or 5:00 PM

To RSVP or for more information, please call (800) 432-7136 or email

Program Offerings:
Masters Programs Offered
• Educational Administration w/ Principal Certification
• Special Education w/ Special Education Certification
• Sports Administration
• Advanced Literacy w/ Reading Certification
• Curriculum & Instruction w/ Teaching Certification
• Differentiated Instruction

Nicole Ramirez, M.Ed. Principal

I strive to be a Connected Educator that uses my online PLN to access resources, ideas, and information. I often participate in Twitter Chats, visit blogs, and follow Educators online. I believe this helps me to grow professionally, and continually learn. I hope that the Inspirations Memo can provide you with ideas, information and resources you can use. I will aspire to be the Lead Learner for our Campus, and I hope you will join me in learning.